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Academy Town Square

Academy Town Square Series
Academy Town Square Series

The Academy Town Square series is designed to engage and provide relevant educational content to the public on environmental issues. Academy Town Squares focus on critical global issues in environmental science by featuring prominent thought leaders and their findings on water, climate change, evolution and biodiversity and extinction.

Academy Town Square Presents: Grassroots Change in Eastwick
Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m. 

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A passionate and determined group of Southwest Philadelphians have been fighting to bring recognition and restorative justice to their community for decades. We heard their voices when they shared the devastating impacts of disastrous flooding events during October’s Academy Town Square. At this virtual Academy Town Square, learn more about the history of Eastwick and the inspiring grassroots work that is changing the narrative and gaining national attention.

This discussion will be hosted by NBC10 and Telemundo 62 reporter Karen Hua and will feature members of Eastwick United, a collaboration between business, faith-based organizations, community organizations and residents — all coming together to make a difference.


Karen Hua - NBC10/T62 Reporter


Carolyn Mosley - Eastwick United, Executive Director
Ted Pickett - Eastwick United, Chairman of the Board
Earl Wilson - Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition, President

Past Academy Town Squares

Academy Town Square Presents: Flooding in Philadelphia's Eastwick Community

In this special Academy Town Square, residents of Eastwick will share their challenges as well as their determined spirit — describing the history of a remarkable community organizing effort and raising awareness of what we can do to support it.

Academy Town Square Presents: More Livable Communities in an Era of Climate Change

As we adapt to our changing climate, unexpected benefits may follow — especially for marginalized communities. Efforts to reduce heating and flooding bring more green spaces that are known to strengthen mental health and improve communities. Emergency preparedness efforts create more accessible areas for older and disabled members of the community. Join us to explore how these solutions to climate change provide an opportunity for equity to marginalized Black and Latino communities.

Views and opinions expressed by the speakers are solely their own and do not necessarily represent any associated institutions.

Academy Town Square Presents: Preparing for a Warmer, Wetter Philadelphia

Climate change is causing Philadelphia not only to heat up, but also to experience more frequent and intense flooding events. In this program we’ll explore how local communities are dealing with increasing temperatures exacerbated by the urban heat island effect; natural cycles of flooding; and how urbanization and climate change impact flooding risks in our city. But where there are challenges, there are people ready to step up and face them. Find out how, from community groups to city government, Philadelphians are making efforts to understand and mitigate the effects of a warmer, wetter Philadelphia.

Academy Town Square Presents: Gideon Mendel Drowning World

Gideon Mendel joined us for an Academy Town Square on May 6 to discuss his engagement with social issues as a photographer and artist, including the challenge of making climate change visible.